B&T’s Global Publisher Services Signs New Publishers
Baker & Taylor Global Publisher Services (GPS) has announced agreements to distribute several new publishers.
Starting January 1, 2018, GPS will distribute Gibbs Smith in all international markets except for the U.K., Australia, and Canada. GPS also recently began distributing Familius in all open markets and will be adding the U.K. and Australia in February 2018.
As of September 1, GPS began distributing ABDO Publishing in all international markets. GPS will also now distribute internationally for Hal Leonard (excluding the U.K. and Australia) and Sounds True (excluding the U.K.).
Ripped Bodice Owners Report Lack of Diversity in Romance Publishing
Leah and Bea Koch, owners of Los Angeles’ The Ripped Bodice, the only bookstore in the U.S. to exclusively sell romance novels, recently published a report that reveals a lack of diversity in the romance publishing industry.
The new report, “The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing,” which includes 20 major romance publishers, focuses on the year 2016. The sisters plan to release a new report every year and track industry change. According to the report, for every 100 books published by the leading romance publishers in 2016, only 7.8 were written by people of color. In addition, 50 percent of publishers surveyed had fewer than 5 percent of their books written by people of color.
In an e-mail to news outlets, the Kochs wrote, “We’ve been open a year and half now and the number one problem we’ve encountered in publishing is the lack of diverse stories and authors. Every conversation we have had with industry professionals underscored the fact that there is little data on the subject and this seems to allow for a lot of equivocating on the subject. So, we decided to do something about it.”